Kamala Harris Is the Great Dusky Hope

by Joe Hagstrom

Perhaps the title is bigoted, at least insensitive, but the conversation and strategy need to be discussed by everyone enlightened to the threat Trump and his minions pose to our Nation.

I’ve been over this dozens of times. Trump’s base, the Republican base, is loyal at all costs. While none of their ideals, opinions, thoughts, whatever they are, have no basis in any fact I can think of, they believe in this nonsense with all their strength. Many of them understand this but they vote Republican anyway. We’re not going to change their minds and proof of this is Trump’s consistent poll numbers.

While most pundits think polling in the low 40’s is bad, it’s all Trump needs to win the electoral college. The few that may vote for someone else are easily swayed by nonsense deflection. Hillary’s emails. Evil Mexicans. A silly wall to keep out nasty people and drugs. I read today that drones are delivering drugs across the Mexican border. Just as I said a few posts back.

Yet these anti-tax, anti deficit Republicans will buy into any amount of money spent on futile programs whose only purpose is to exploit their unfounded fears and phobias will support this nuttery.
We’re not going to convince them to change their ways. Nobody wants to admit they’re wrong. These people take the Bible literally. It’s of great stories and cautionary lessons but Jonah did not get swallowed by a whale only to be coughed up a few days later. He would have drowned and been digested. Unless of course one of the lost tribes of Israel has been hiding in the belly of a great whale the last 3,000 years. Than I take this back.

It’s obvious a national health insurance plan would be a boon for business. Relieving the burden of health insurance expense from employers would be a great asset for them. Especially smaller businesses. Hard enough to retain good employees since many of them can’t compete with larger ones that can offer health insurance. Plus the cost of individual health plans is astronomical. Many of these small business owners rely on their spouse having a job with group health insurance. Without it they would have to close and find employment.

I faced this dilemma once. Yet most of these small business owners dutifully vote however the Republican front group, the Chamber of Commerce, tells them to vote. And it’s going to be Republican. Yet I’ve never seen this explained by any candidate how bad for at least the small businessperson, Republican actions truly are. I’ve tried on a personal level with people I know but it makes no difference. I may get a grudging agreement from some of my friends but they’re not voting anything but Republican anyway. No matter who the Republican is.

There will be no unity in this Nation until the Democrats can get control of government and govern well. And unfortunately for those of us to farther end of the left leaning spectrum some of what you want ain’t gonna happen. Not for years. There’s not going to be any meaningful gun control. Defense spending isn’t going to be slashed and the savings put into education. The defense industry is the largest welfare system in the world.

We Republicans claim to hate welfare but we’ll all be damned if a military base in one of our districts will be closed. Or a plane or tank the military says it doesn’t need or doesn’t work will not be built anyway. We claim this will all be paid for by tax cuts which will pay for themselves even though that isn’t true. But it’s what our people want to hear and most of them believe it since we’ve hammered on it for generations.

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz claims he can bridge the divide. He can bring centrist Republicans and Democrats together to vote for him. He’s nuts. The term “centrist Republican” is just a phrase used by loyal Republicans to¬† win an election in a swing state. Susan Collins is not a “centrist.” She’s an obedient servant to whatever whims Mitch McConnell or President Trump are whimming. John McCain wasn’t a centrist. He was obedient. I can think of only one vote he made and that was to finally screw back a guy that screwed him when he voted against Obamacare repeal.

Jeff Flake is no hero. He ended up voting for Bret Kavanaugh anyway. And they all claimed to be conservatives in their campaign brochures sent to loyal Republican voters who will vote for the Republican anyway. For a Billionaire CEO Mr. Schultz is a deluded fool to think he could win. If he ran against Susan Collins though he could have made a difference and held far more power in the Party than his actions will give him now. But they don’t listen to me. Neither do my wife and kids so I’m used to that.

I like Elizabeth Warren. She’s incredibly smart and well-informed. I just don’t see that she is electable on the national level. White guys bore me. I like Joe Biden but age could be a factor in the next election and I think he’s older than Trump.

The best hope for a Democrat victory, at this time anyway, is Kamala Harris. Not because she’s black or female. But because she can present herself as a tough on crime, no-nonsense prosecutor. Granted, some of her decisions make some of the lefties cringe. But she can present the case that Democrats are tougher on crime than Republicans.

While the Republicans are tripping all over themselves to protect Trump and other rich people, Kamala can show a record of putting criminals behind bars. And criminals of all colors to boot. She will always have that to fall back on in debate and town halls. She can make a legitimate claim that she’s the one that will put criminals behind bars while the inept Republicans will still whine that Hillary isn’t. And every time Trump says that ignorance, it would only make Kamala, a real tough on crime asshole that the 80,000 people spread across three states would vote for that wouldn’t vote for Hillary. And like I’ve always said, more often than not, people vote against rather than for.

The big prize of course is the Supreme Court. To vote against Kamala because one is angry over one of her decisions is a vote to repeal everything that’s been accomplished since the 1950’s. Unless one agrees that separate but equal, voting rights, Roe V Wade, Miranda etc, are bad things. Then vote against Kamala. Then spend the rest of your life convincing yourself you stood up for something while Trump and his Republican party dismantle everything you say you stand up for.

Maybe someone else will come along better than Kamala. I don’t know. All I know is if whomever the Democratic nominee is doesn’t receive the support of everyone outside the 42% that think Trump is Jesus, the Dems will be on the outside looking in for a long time to come.

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11 Responses to Kamala Harris Is the Great Dusky Hope

  1. Glenn Geist Reply

    February 1, 2019 at 9:15 am

    I share the concern, to the extent that it keeps me awake at night. The people who voted for “Dr. Jill” out of principle voted against our future and “on principle” I’ve never been able to make any of them that I know express regret that they held the door open for the saboteurs. I’m so cynical now that the word “principle” makes me cringe. I’m not sure anyone says tragically hip any more but tragically – maybe lethally principled should take its place.

    Centrist Republicans? Sure, Clean Coal too as long as we’re raving.

  2. Bill Formby Reply

    February 1, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Joe, I hope you are Glenn are right. I am not sure Biden is older than Trump, but I am not sure he has the temperment to beat Trump either. He would be as likely to punch him out as to debate him. From everything Kamala Harris seems to talk a good game but we will need to see what happens when the punches start flying. I really like Elizabeth Warren and Trump does fear her. You can tell because he is already attacking her. But, I wondering if she may be too far left. While I am a strong supporter of a national health insurance program that is basically similar to Medicare with premiums based on ability to pay and with no outs like Obama care, The pushback is going to be heavy from the Republicans. It may also be pretty heavy from the AMA as well because we must get a handle on medical costs.
    Somehow the Dems must get Schultz out this race, and probably Bernie as well. I would love to see Trump not win the nomination for the Republicans if any one could raise the money to run I think he is beatable. I actually think that someone like Kaisch could beat him. Over the next two years I believe that North Korea will still have nukes. I believe that Iran will still be marking time in hopes that Trump is beaten. I also believe that during this same period Russia will significant build their nuclear arsenal and they will make inroads in the Western Hemisphere. Some they have wanted to do since Kennedy made Kruschev blink. Trump is virtually giving Russia a blank check to run the world without any interference from the U.S. I am surprised that Bolton has not screwed up yet because he has always hated Russia. Of course, he would love for us to be brought into direct conflict with Russia. He has wanted to try them several times in the past as well as Iran. That “mistake” of Bolton having “5000 troops to Columbia” was a false flag to make people think Trump was going to be tough on Venezuela. Trump may not be a Russian agent, per se, but he and Putin are working hand in hand and Putin is getting the best of the deal.

  3. Joe Hagstrom Reply

    February 1, 2019 at 6:59 pm

    Yeah. Trump is definitely Putin’s bitch. Being always ready to put any principles that may afflict me aside, I see Kamala has the easiest sell to the electorate. She has something for everyone.

  4. jess Reply

    February 2, 2019 at 2:25 am

    Kamala Harris is a half breed like yours truly. Her dad is black and her mom is Indian just like my gestational bio carrier was. Goopers have already started in with the birther crap. I’d vote for old handsome Joe again if he chooses to run only to see him go against dolt45 in the debates to wipe the floor with him the way Hillary did. Much good that did since we have around 35% of this country that vote who are just clueless.

  5. Glenn Geist Reply

    February 2, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Joe is 76 – a couple of years older than me but of course that’s the prime of life, right?

    He has way more appropriate experience than anyone else in the game and someone in good health at 76 has a decent life expectancy. Personally I’d prefer a younger candidate, but after Trump I’m not so picky

  6. Bill Formby Reply

    February 2, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Well, he is just a tad older than me, but either of us could probably take The Trump without much effort if the SS troops with turn their heads for a bit.

  7. Joe Hagstrom Reply

    February 2, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    While Glenn, Bill and Jess may be better at being president than Kamala, I still think she is very electable. Unless they dig up some dirt on her that shows her to be a ballbuster like Jess is to me.

    • jess Reply

      February 2, 2019 at 9:16 pm

      OMFD there is zero way I would get out of the primaries because of my attitude. Far as ball busting, I have heard it’s good to have balls busted once in a while in case something bad happens to them, just saying Joe.

      Joe’s very trampy friend Jess

  8. Joe Hagstrom Reply

    February 3, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Barbara Boxer won’t be around forever Jess. I see an opening for you in California. You may be what we need. Just don’t bust my balls for saying this.

    • jess Reply

      February 3, 2019 at 12:25 pm

      Um you are like so late to the party we’ve started a new one ;). Kamala Harris took Boxer’s place when she retired ya big dope. Difi is the next one we need to be rid of, she’s like Joe Lieberman in a skirt.

  9. Joe Hagstrom Reply

    February 3, 2019 at 6:17 pm

    Feinstein then. I can’t keep track of all the old women Jess. Glad I gave you another opportunity to bust my balls though. Your welcome.

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